My radio history started as a Novice in 1959. Upgrading and moving led to ten different callsigns over the years including NA8M, K8HJ, AA8FP, KD8QL, WB8CIY, WA8EIY, WA2VBF, K3IVT, KN9QMQ. I received my Technician license in 1961, Advanced license in 1968 and Amateur Extra license in 1992.
My interests include CW and DX. After years of trying, I finally made DXCC Honor Roll. I am net control on Wednesdays for the Seagull Net (3.940mHz) and Pine Tree Net (3.596mHz), the Maine state-wide SSB and CW traffic nets. I am Maine Section Traffic Manager.
After 35 years as a school administrator in Michigan, I retired in July of 2001. In April of 2005 we moved to Waterford, Maine and renovated an 1860's farmhouse and barn. My shack is in the family room in a roll-top desk. If I roll down the top, the radio equipment disappers.
The main rigs are a new Flex 6300 and a K3. I use a LP-Pan panadapter for the K3. The tuners are an HF-AUTO, an AT-AUTO, an AT1500DT, and a AT2K -- all by Palstar. The amp is a Elecraft KPA500 solid state for 500 watts.
I have two antennas, a 130 foot doublet up 80 feet and 66 foot doublet up 60 feet. The long doublet is fed with home brew open wire line. The short doublet is fed with 300 ohm ladder line. Both go to baluns, a coax jumper and an tuner for each. A coax switch at the desk lets me quickly switch between antennas. Here's the 130' doublet.
It's hard to see the doublet.
I do some contesting. Check http://www.3830scores.com/ and enter my callsign to see my scores. Here's from WRTC 2014
I use a lot of software - DXLab Suite for logging and spotting, N4PY for rig control, SmartSDR for the Flex and NaP3 for the K3 panadapter.
My Paddle collection includes a Vizkey 90 Degree single lever, a Kent single lever, K8RA P-2, Bencher, Vibroplex Brass Racer, and a Brown Brothers BTL-A. My newest paddle is a Begali Magnetic Professional.
73 de K1ESE
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